Month: December 2018

personal development

The Irony Of Self-Help

The problem with self-help books is that they love to paint pictures of success that most of us will never see, and often don’t exist. They purveyors of these “truths” aren’t always multi-millionaires like they’d have you believe. The people they use as examples, as models to emulate, often only tell a very skewed part …

personal development

Benefits To Bad Guruism?

Tony Robbins. Eckhart Tolle. James Altucher. All self-help “gurus” with a tendency to be more interested in self-promotion and your pocketbook than actually helping people. I’ve often railed against these purveyors of “guruism”, where they place themselves as some sort of saint of personal development and tailor their messages (if not their actions) to ensure …

comics

Good Crossovers

Yesterday, I complained about bad crossovers, mostly on the heels of something I read a few weeks ago. It reminded me that I should mention that sometimes, crossovers are great. Mark Waid, who I picked on a couple of posts ago for hurting his own storyline with insufficient editing in Hunter Killer, funnily enough, redeemed himself …

comics

Bad Crossovers

There’s nothing worse than building something up to find out it’s just shit. I had this feeling that Avengers: Infinity War was going to be like this, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was not.  All the characters received a justified level of screen time, their personas weren’t completely dismantled and Thanos, despite getting …

comics

Conspiracy Theories

Most conspiracy theories read like Mark Waid’s Hunter-Killer, which  although I loved Mark Waid, had so many plot holes and mistakes that it proved to me that even with a veteran at hand, an editor is a crucial part of telling a good fiction. And it’s not that I didn’t love the premise.  Shadow organizations, secret …

philosophy

Teen Angst

Sometimes, I feel like I never got over it. How tortuous it is to be young, to be weened on heroes and ideals, to know, in your heart, in your mind, that everything is supposed to be good, only to find out how wrong you are. How devastating to find out your guardians are not …

relationships

Sex

I love a good taboo as much as the next guy, but… Who am I kidding?  I don’t believe taboos should be a thing, unless they’re accompanied by sound logic.   For example, racism is taboo because it pre-judges people based on the colour of their skin and not the content of their characters.  Given that …